At the close of the Firefly series, there were two unanswered questions that drove viewers batty:
- What’s the deal with River’s genius/ craziness/ aptitude for slaughtering people?
- What’s Shepherd Book’s deal? What kind of holy-man can fight, shoot, and get priority medical attention from the Alliance?
The movie Serenity answered the questions about River, and tied a nice bow on the series.
The new graphic novel, Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale take you on a journey through Book’s past.
The script is tight, the art is expressive, and the characters are on-point.
The story was plotted by Firefly creator Joss Whedon, and the script was written by his brother Zack. Zack nailed the characters. Each of the original crew members have a few lines of dialoge (except for Inara).
Chris Samnee’s art is excellent for this story. I can’t imagine his style working for any other Serenity story, but in this instance it’s spot-on.
Book’s tale is compelling, entertaining, and carefully answers all of the questions the series raised without being too on-the-nose.
The Not So Good
It’s short. Really really short for the $15.00 cover price. I took my time reading and taking-in the art, and it was still a quick read.
This story is completely meaningless unless you are a Browncoat. If you don’t know what a Browncoat is, you aren’t one.
If you love the Verse, this is story is well worth reading.
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